V.I.B. (very impressive book) Picks
Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: Tattered Cover V.I.B. (very impressive book)! That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.
Our latest selection is:
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
Turtle Alveston, fourteen, prefers target practice with her Sig Sauer to vocabulary homework. She is not a character in a dystopian novel but rather a remarkable and damaged teen living with her father on the Northern California coast. Turtle and her father, a survivalist, live an unconventional life and though they are well known in the area, the locals generally shake their heads and leave them be. When Turtle develops a crush on a local boy she begins to understand that her life needs a serious change of direction. She also understands that crossing her father is dangerous business. Gabriel Tallent writes with a naturalist’s eye and the coast of Mendocino County is a character itself, beautiful and dangerous, welcoming and wild. My Absolute Darling is a page turner brilliantly conceived and written, but beyond that, challenging, thought provoking and a book to inspire lively debate. -- Cathy Langer, lead buyer
Purchase this and previous V.I.B.s below:
Bestselling British writer Tessa Hadley's The Past brings four middle-aged siblings and their families together for what might be their last summer holiday in the family's country home. Old family dynamics and surprising new twists make for a delightful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Hadley's storytelling deftly weaves the family's past, with all its ghosts and memories, jealousies and nearly unconditional love in with its present reality of squabbling and deep affection. Each player in The Past is uniquely engaging: from fading beauty Alice with her ex-boyfriend's 20 year old son Kasim, in tow, sister Frans's odd and captivating young children Ivy and Arthur, Harriet, lonely and harboring a dark and secret longing, and all the others, each with an agenda, all under one roof. The perfect storm for an utterly wonderful, brilliantly crafted novel. The Telegraph calls The Past keenly intelligent, and I certainly agree. A wonderful way to begin your reading year. -- Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Lead Buyer